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For example on "Healing through the Arts" or ageing in various cultures.

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Focus topics Diakonia

"Healing through the Arts" in the land of a thousand hills


The international and interdisciplinary symposium "Healing through the Arts" took place in Kigali and Kibuye, Rwanda from November 19 to 24, 2017. 18 experts in psychology, theology, sociology and trauma treatment as well as therapists and artists from Africa, Asia, Europe and the United States of America were present.

The symposium offered the participants a framework to exchange theoretical contents, their own experiences and the limits and possibilities of practice and to consider together what an international qualified training for art therapy could look like.

There were theological reflections on trauma, discussions on psyche and trauma, reconciliation and healing, trauma education, healing through visual arts, theatre and music. The commitment of the participants enriched the symposium, inspired too many new ideas which then became concrete in a curriculum for training.  

The programme of the symposium "Healing through the Arts" was supplemented by getting to know Rwanda's history and culture, visiting the genocide memorial, reports on reality and meeting people with traumatic experiences from Africa and Asia. Not only much was said about art as inclusion, as a bridge between people and its healing power, but all this could be felt and experienced during the symposium.
Aging in different cultures

Publication: "Diaconia in practise"

The book "Diaconia in practise" provides impulses from Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) for the therapeutic support of people with intellectual impairment and mental illness. The therapeutic approach enables people with mental disabilities to control impulsive behaviour and to find forms of expression for their feelings. The book, edited by Brian Fergus Barrett, Samuel Elstner, Christoph Schade and Albert Diefenbacher, is published by the VEM in cooperation with the Liebenau Foundation, the St. Lukas Clinic and the v. Bodelschwinghschen Stiftungen Bethel. The DIN A4 book is available in bookstores or from the Media Office of the United Evangelical Mission (e-mail: medien[at]vemission.org).

Brian Fergus Barrett, Samuel Elstner, Christoph Schade, Albert Diefenbacher (editors) DBT-ID: Modified Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (ID) Diaconia in Practice Series | Volume 1, 120 pages, Wuppertal 2014, ISBN 978-3-921900-36-9


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